We have covered a lot of information, but I believe you will see how it all fits together when you start evaluating fabric, and calculating how much fabric you will need for a project. Which leads us to our last, but most important question. How do you calculate total fabric for a winter coat, with an obvious repeat?
This fabric present most of the challenges you will face in calculating yardage. I chose it as a fashion fabric for the following reasons. It has all the colors I enjoy, and look good on me. It has a vertical woven black stripe that gives the fabric movement as well as flattering lines. The black background pops the pattern creating a narrowing look. If you look at the fabric you don't really see the ten inches of black fabric bordering the image--just the image. And last, because it's really, really pretty.
Photos of the sewn clothing are on my Pinterest site. Please click the above link and it will take you there.
I should note, the photos are of clothing that have been worn and washed. I once found myself unemployed and a $64.00 dry cleaning bill that had to some how be paid before I could get my suits out for an interview. I swore then that if the item could not survive the wash, gentle cycle or normal, I was not going to buy it or make it.
Plus, we surround our skin with enough chemicals, we don't need to voluntarily add more.
I have many interests, but have to admit sewing is not one of them. I sew only because I like to wear clothes that fit. Thus, my goal when I approach any sewing project is to get it done well enough that it is wearable.
Most of the time I reach that goal. I hope this blog will help open up new fashion vistas for you to explore.